Lena Dunham will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on March 8 with musical guest The National.
The appearance will also mark The National’s their first time on the SNL. The National’s most recent album, Trouble Will Find Me, received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album and their documentary Mistaken For Strangers hits theaters during last week of March.
Lena Dunham will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on March 8 with musical guest The National
Saturday Night Live returns on March 1st with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck. With the departure of Seth Meyers’ for NBC’s Late Night, next Saturday’s SNL will also mark the debut of head writer Colin Jost as new Weekend Update co-anchor.
Colin Jost will join Cecily Strong – who worked the popular fake news segment with Seth Meyers this season – behind the desk.
Barack Obama’s campaign is out with an eyebrow-raising new ad targeting young voters in which Lena Dunham, the creator of the HBO hit series Girls, compares her first voting experience to losing her virginity.
“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody,” Lena Dunham, 26, says in the ad.
“You want to do it with a great guy.”
Lena Dunham goes on to explain that “your first time” should be with “someone who really cares about and understands women: “A guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.”
“The consequences are huge,” she continues.
Lena Dunham wraps up the Obama ad by describing her coming-of-age experience at the voting booth.
“It was this line in the sand,” she says.
“Before, I was a girl. Now, I was a woman. I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain, I voted for Barack Obama.”
A link to Barack Obama’s campaign website at the bottom of the web ad reads: “Your first time? Get started here.”
Lena Dunham compares her first voting experience to losing her virginity
Lena Dunham has amassed a cult following among 20-somethings as the creator and starring actress in the HBO hit series, Girls. She has been widely dubbed the “voice of a generation” for her show’s hilarious representation of life as a middle-to-upper-class millennial living in New York City.
The young star is one of many celebrities that the Obama campaign is calling on to try and reach and inspire young people, whose record-breaking turnout on Election Day four years ago was critical to Obama’s victory in 2008. Barack Obama needs similar turnout among young people on Election Day this year to win re-election.
Lena Dunham’s tongue-in-cheek references to losing her virginity are not lost on Republicans, many of whom say they are outraged by the ad and call it “disgusting”.
“Talk about desperation,” a conservative blogger wrote on The Right Scoop.
“They’ve finally sunken to a new low trying to get the youth vote by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time.”
RedState editor-in-chief and CNN contributor Erick Erickson wrote: “If you need any further proof we live in a fallen world destined for hell fire, consider the number of people who have no problem with the President of the United States, via a campaign ad, ridiculing virgins and comparing sex to voting.”
He said the only honest part of the ad is that Barack Obama’s 2008 supporters “have been screwed – economically”.
Fox News analyst and conservative author Monica Crowley called the ad “sick” and “degrading” on Twitter.
“Of the many sick things about this degrading Lena Dunham <<lose your virginity to Barack>> ad? The left thinks it’s <<empowering>> to women,” she wrote.
Conservative blogger John Nolte of Breitbart News added: “How could a president with two young, blossoming daughters release an ad as disgusting as this?”
Lena Dunham, Portia de Rossi and Zosia Mamet should think about hiring a new stylist after their abysmal efforts on the red carpet at the 64th Emmy Awards.
Girls creator Lena Dunham, 26, tried her hand at femininity to soften her tomboy pixie cut, but ended up in a lace Prada dress that made her look frumpy – and a lot larger than she actually is.
Unfazed by her fashion faux pas, and her failure to win one of the four categories she was nominated for on Sunday, Lena Dunham chirpily tweeted her way throughout the evening from the Nokia Theatre in LA.
Praising the leading man of the night, Lena Dunham wrote: “Didn’t @jimmykimmel crush it tonight? The perfect old fashioned host swagger, generous yet saucy. A pleasure to behold!”
Lena Dunham ended up in a lace Prada dress that made her look frumpy and a lot larger than she actually is
Similarly, Zosia Mamet didn’t manage to execute a feminine flair on her Bihbu Mahopatra creation.
Zosia Mamet, 24, who plays Shoshanna Shapiro in Dunham’s HBO show Girls, swept her hair from her face in a gelled down side-parting, while looking a little uncomfortable in monochrome gown.
Zosia Mamet didn't manage to execute a feminine flair on her Bihbu Mahopatra creation
And while Portia de Rossi usually excels with her all-American girl look, she opted for something more masculine, posing with wife Ellen DeGeneres in an unusual Maison Valentino jumpsuit.
Portia de Rossi’s look divided fans on Twitter, with many complimenting the lace all-in-one and others ridiculing it.
One user of the social networking site wrote: “My god. WTF convinced Portia de Rossi that an old tea towel was appropriate garb for the #Emmys,” while another described her as “lovely in lace”.
Portia de Rossi opted for something more masculine, posing with wife Ellen DeGeneres in an unusual Maison Valentino jumpsuit
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey chose a bewitching Giorgio Armani dress – and Penny Preville jewels – which had criss-cross spaghetti straps and a sheer bodice to show off her back tattoos.
The gown was complete with theatrical sweeping arms that reached the red carpet, and were something akin to Addams Family martriarch Morticia.
But where Lena Headey failed to inject any color, Julianne Moore stepped in – bravely wearing all yellow.
Credit where it’s due, Julianne Moore, 51, easily defied her half century, but the color block Dior Couture gown was somewhat tent-like as it covered her from her neck to her toes.
Ashley Judd turned a pink dream into a nightmare, with her Carolina Herrera custom raspberry silk gown and giant beehive up-do.
The Missing actress saw the funny side of her extravagant hairstyle, tweeting: “My hair is so grand I am sitting on the floor of the car on our way to the #Emmys!”
And despite her dubious candyfloss creation, Ashley Judd certainly knows how to embrace her curves and had the right idea when it came to accessorizing.
She added: “Most important accessory other than our umbrella on 102 F red carpet? Tigers Milk bar. Snacks are crucial! #Emmys.”